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What are your goals as a writer?
I would like to have a group of readers so loyal that they have their own nickname, like Potterheads or Nerdfighters. I would also feel I have "arrived" as an author if I get on a banned books list.
When is your book coming out?
My children's fantasy fiction novel, The Iris of Issoria, will be available October 7th, 2014.
Can I preorder it?
I am flattered that you asked! Because I am still learning the ropes of indie publishing, I do not have the capabilities to enable pre-orders of my novel. On the upside, you can subscribe to my email list for teasers, giveaways, promotions, and excerpts.
What are you working on now?
Can you keep a secret? I am working on a sequel to The Iris of Issoria. I have also developed the outline for a middle-grade, magical realism novel called The Murder of Isaac Partida.
What do you do with your film and television treatments?
I send them to agents for representation or to buyers for sale. If you are an agent or buyer interested in my treatments, contact me through my website. My treatments are registered through the Writer's Guild of America.
Where do you get your ideas?
A lot of my ideas come to me while running. All that blood pumping to my brain early in the morning provides the perfect moving mediation state that generates great ideas. I also get ideas from watching my kids play Dungeons and Dragons, as well as from life around me, movies, and books. I try to write down any ideas that come to me as soon as possible, because they can easily disappear like ashes on a windy day. Sometimes wonderful ideas come to me in the middle of the night, therefore I take a notebook and pen to bed with me so I can write them down.
What's it like to be an expat or nomad writer?
I am so blessed to be able to combine two of my passions, writing and traveling, into one glorious adventure during my break from the rat race. I feel like I am living the life of Hemingway and the rest of the Lost Generation of American expats living in Paris between the two World Wars. Except I am not a womanizing alcoholic (no offense to Hemingway!), and I don't live in Paris....for now.
Writing as an expat/nomad is easier to explain because people expect long-term travelers to do crazy things like quit their successful career as a doctor, sell their possessions, and move across the hemisphere with their families. Which is what I did in the summer of 2013 when I moved to Costa Rica. Many of my friends in Costa Rica, both Ticos (native Costa Rican) and expats were writers, artists, or photographers. When I would tell people in Costa Rica that I was writing a book, they accepted it because what else would you expect the expat who hangs out in coffee shops all day to do. If I tried that line with my friends in the US, they would tell me to get a "real" job. In the summer of 2014, we left Costa Rica (with sad faces!) to embark on a nomadic "walkabout" trip around the world.
When I was living in Costa Rica, my writing schedule was predictable. I would either write in my quiet home in the cloud forest overlooking the sleepy town of Santa Elena or I would spend the day writing at a coffee shop while sipping on a mochaccino. Now that I am on a round the world trip, my nomad schedule is less predictable. Sometimes I write on a bus, sometimes in the communal kitchen of a hostel, sometimes in an apartment overlooking a busy city street with jack hammers as my muse. The varied settings have tested my patience, but this lifestyle has also made me realize that I was meant to write. Nothing, not even wailing car alarms in the streets of Cusco, Peru, will distract me from writing.
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